Wow, this is my first post in ages! My belt was inspired by an extremely expensive version I saw at J. Crew. I made the flower out of apple green taffeta, using the great tutorial from Blissed out Jo at http://jo2308.typepad.com/blissedoutknitting/2008/07/hand-made-flowe.html. Next, I simply simply stitched the flower on to a piece of wide grosgrain ribbon, cut to be just a bit shorter than my waist measurement. I added two narrow pieces of grosgrain for ties, and that was that! Crafting a fun accessory doesn't get much easier.
Recently, I was inspired to dive into my stash of vintage trims and make this little cuff. The construction is beyond simple - just some embroidered ribbon stiched to a piece of hem binding lace. The clasp is a loop of elastic and a vintage mother of pearl button. I love how this really showcases the trims - I'll definitely be making more of these in the future.
I'm giving this little cuff away on my blog this week, so if you like it, stop by and put your name in!
I recently got an iPod Touch, and decided that it needed a great case to keep it safe. I never got around to getting a case for my old iPod, and after four years, it is in pretty bad shape. Needless to say, I didn't want the same thing to happen to the new version (plus, the Touch doesn't look like it could handle nearly as much abuse as the classic iPods). I looked at Etsy for cases, but couldn't find anything that looked secure enough or that I was sure wouldn't scratch the touch screen. So, as any crafter would do, I simply whipped up my own design!
This cozy is made out of six layers - linen on the outside (I used my machine to make the faux bois embroidery), then heavy interfacing, a layer of muslin, two layers of thin batting, and lens wipes for the lining. I used bias binding to keep all of the scratchy seams on the outside. My iPod seems quite comfortable in there, and very well protected!
I whipped this up from an old, stained yellow pullover. With some bias tape, a vintage button, and a few crochet doilies to hide the stain, a sweater that I haven't worn in well over a year is now a great little cardi!
The sweater before:
Thanks for looking!
Thanks to Nataloca's eagle eyes, I made one final modification to this sweater, cutting the sleeves to 3/4 in order to get rid of the sleeve stain. I reattached the original cuffs, which gives the sleeves a slight puff. I love the sweater even more now - I think this was the perfect finishing touch. Thanks Nataloca!
A few weeks ago, I helped some friends move. My reward was a dig through their goodwill bags ( my friends know me well!). I picked out a stack of cozy sweaters. After adding them to a few sweaters I already had at home, I cut them all up and made them into this super comfy blanket. I wanted it to have a very rough, handmade look, so I simply overlapped the edges and left everything unfinished. I bound the edges of the blanket with two different types of lace from my stash (one white, one ecru) and with strips of plaid flannel cut from an old shirt. Finally, I appliqued a vintage doily onto one corner for a little punch. I'm totally in love with this - we were snowed in last weekend, and I was wrapped up in it pretty much the entire time. So warm!
Let me just say, I LOOOOVE hankies. I used to think they were gross, but recently, after learning that there is actually no live bacteria in snot (what? This changes my entire world view!), I decided to try them out. I am never going back to tissues. My red, chapped winter nose is now a thing of the past. I don't know why, but hankies are so much easier on my skin.
So anyway, I've started buying and stitching lots of hankies. They are great little projects. I did this one to be my first give-away on my blog (stop by and put your name in, if you like it!). The pattern is from needlecrafter; it's one that I've been wanting to put on something for awhile. I really like this little hankie; it looks like spring at a time when looking out my window reminds me that we are unfortunately still stuck firmly in winter.
I used the 'Craftopia' patterns to make this teacup pincushion and needlebook for a swap with Amyracinrose. It was my first try at both projects, and I really like how they came out. I hope Amy Rose finds them useful for all of the beautiful stitching she does!
I reconstructed this vintage camisole for Amyracinrose in the IYP swap. My goal was to make something extremely feminine and frilly, and I think I succeded (in fact, I was a little worried that I had gone overboard, but Amy Rose assures me that she loves it)! I forgot to take a 'before' picture, but this started out as a plain white camisole. I dyed it pink, then added the ruffle, top panel, embroidered applique, and covered buttons. The rose fabric started out as a pillowcase; the blue was a hankie. I covered the buttons myself and embroidered the rose (using a Sublime Stitching pattern). I think my favorite thing about this is the top panel. I added it for modesty's sake, and originally wasn't sure how it would turn out. I'm in love with it now, though, I think the sharp, geometric lines add just the right amount of structure.
Yay - this is my first post on this great new board (thanks, mods!). I've recently discovered how fun and satisfying it is to carve stamps. This little greyhound is the third stamp I've done, and my first attempt at an outline. I know it's a very simple design, but I'm happy with the result. I think I'm going to use it to make myself some cute greyhound notecards.
Yup, it's another inchies thread! I made these for the inchie exchange swap; they were my first. They are all on their way to their new owners now, but since they were conceived of and made as a set, I thought they needed a place where they could be seen as a set.
These are mixed-media collages. I started out with a piece of a cereal box, which i covered in layers of scrapbooking paper, old text, sewing patterns, and paint:
Then I added images from a 50's children's magazine and text from Great Expectations:
Finally, I added details with pens, markers, inks, stamps, and colored pencils, to end up with my finished set of 50: